Democrats Reintroduce Right to Unionize Act
A group of Democratic lawmakers led by Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and Brad Sherman, D-Calif., announced the reintroduction of the Nationwide Right to Unionize Act which would eliminate bans on agreements between employers and unions to require union membership as a condition of employment. The current ban on these agreements, so-called “right to work” laws, which are on the books in 27 states, enable workers to opt out of paying any dues while still enjoying the benefits of a union contract and representation.
The announcement of a federal ban on right to work laws comes at a high point for organized labor. Several highly publicized union campaigns have occurred or are ongoing, and union certification at the National Labor Relations Board has significantly increased in 2022 compared to previous years.
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